, University of Minnesota
, Bethany Khan
, Arab-Israeli conflict
When I was in New York last summer, checkered scarves of all colors were seen around the necks of hipsters and artists alike. I recognized the checkered patterns , but was bewildered when I saw that in 89 degree weather, these scarves were not coming off, even though every other type of clothing was. I was even more surprised to see that next to a pashmina street boutique on 5th Ave was a keffiyeh vendor, and I had to raise an eyebrow when I saw one of New York's finest Upper East side mother come out of Tiffany's, strut over to the street boutique and purchase a keffiyeh-patterned, pashmina-cut scarf, stuff it in her Channel bag and trot off down the street.
Run time 10:52
This project is about the keffiyeh and how it came from Palestine to America, and all the media surrounding it's appropriation. I wanted to explore how it is that a piece of fabric that represents solidarity, loyalty, culture and the struggle for freedom to Palestinians became mainstream and all of the political tensions surrounding how the keffiyeh is used.